Second round: Chile chooses president between Sebastián Piñera or Alejandro Guillier



On December 17, Chileans will elect their subsequent president in a second spherical. The exmandatario, businessman and candidate of the proper-wing coalition Chile Vamos, Sebastián Piñera, will face the ruling get together Alejandro Guillier.

Piñera gained within the first spherical with 36.6% of the vote in comparison with 22.7% of Guillier, who has the help of the present head of state, Michelle Bachelet.

Who’re the candidates?
Sebastián Piñera, Chile Let’s go
At sixty seven years of age, this entrepreneur has an intensive profession within the non-public and public sectors. He began in the actual property enterprise and headed the Citicorp financial institution, invested within the airline Lan Chile (right now Latam) and was a part of the board of administrators of the Colo-Colo soccer membership.

In public administration, he served as a senator between 1990 and 1998, a interval during which he defended the previous dictator Augusto Pinochet. After turning into the primary proper-wing candidate to win after the dictatorship, he was president of his nation between 2010 and 2014.

Concerning his election proposals, Piñera says he’ll reverse the academic reform promoted by Bachelet, plans to get rid of the Credit score with State Assure (CAE) and argues that training will solely be free for 50% of scholars extra weak. Equally proposed, as in Argentina and Brazil, improve the retirement age.

Alternatively, it has spoken out in opposition to the just lately sanctioned abortion regulation on three grounds and pronounces that it’s going to perform an financial plan of “larger austerity and reallocation of spending”. In the identical manner, it vigorously defends the Pension Fund Directors (AFP) -refused in large mobilizations- and solely proposes a small reform.

Alejandro Guillier, New Majority
The official candidate is a journalist and impartial senator. It doesn’t combine any of the events of the present authorities coalition, however its determine was rising because of the assist of the Radical Social Democratic Get together (PRSD).

Its authorities program is embodied in a doc of greater than 200 pages, masking forty eight factors gathered in 18 thematic axes. It proposes investing 10,000 million dollars and focuses on three facets: financial development, citizen participation and decentralization and distribution of energy.

In academic phrases, it coincides with Piñera in eliminating the CAE, however proposes changing it with a state mortgage with out non-public participation and with an actual rate of interest of 1%. In relation to pensions, it factors to a blended, tripartite and solidary model that estimates that it could indicate an enchancment of the prevailing system, however not its alternative.

To the search of votes
With the leads to hand, each candidates went out to gather assist to get half plus one of many votes subsequent Sunday.

Within the run-as much as the primary spherical, polls gave Piñera a transparent winner, round forty five% of well-liked assist, so he campaigned extra reasonably in search of to draw the vast majority of the voters. Nevertheless, this made him lose votes for the precise, a few of which have been in favor of brazenly Pinochetist Jose Antonio Kast, who obtained a 7.9%.

Thus, as identified by The New York Instances, the previous president needed to search his help for these new elections. Nonetheless, some analysts argue that Kast’s extremist character can alienate middle voters, producing a zero-sum equation.

Guillier, alternatively, had in precept a harder job as a result of he solely obtained 22%. In any case, the rejection of Piñera has given him hope. The Frente Amplio has performed a basic function on this. That coalition of lefts didn’t name to vote explicitly, however in current weeks, its essential leaders have been positioning themselves in favor of its candidacy.

The proposal arises primarily from the rejection of the proper-wing businessman earlier than the sympathy for the senator. This week, the deputy Gabriel Boric, of the Autonomist Motion, issued a press release quoted by the newspaper El País: “With the deep conviction that the Frente Amplio is one of the best various to alter Chile, this Sunday I’ll vote in opposition to Piñera, marking my vote for Guillier. ”

As well as, he analyzed that “a triumph of the political proper” would indicate “a setback in some social issues” and would alter “the fabric circumstances of lifetime of hundreds of Chileans who could be significantly affected of their dignity as individuals“. The identical was accomplished by deputy Giorgio Jackson and former presidential candidate Beatriz Sánchez.

Marketing campaign closure and surveys
On December 14, each candidates closed their campaigns and acquired worldwide assist. Piñera confirmed a video of the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, wishing him success. For his half, Guillier instructed in his last act with the presence of the previous president of Uruguay, José ‘Pepe’ Mujica.


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